Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for January 30, 2021.

Today is Grandmaster Boris Spassky’s 84th birthday. Boris Spassky was born on January 30, 1937 in Saint Petersburg, Russia and became the tenth World Chess Champion after defeating Petrosian in 1969. Spassky’s reign as world champion ended three years later, when in 1972, he lost the title to Bobby Fischer.

To celebrate Boris Spassky’s birthday, let’s take a look at his winning move against Gilles Andruet from the 1987-88 season of the Bundesliga. Spassky is black and Andruet has just played move 28. Bb5. How does Boris Spassky end the game in spectacular fashion?

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[Event “Bundesliga 1987/88”]

[Site “FRG”]

[Date “1988.??.??”]

[EventDate “?”]

[Round “?”]

[Result “0-1”]

[White “Gilles Andruet”]

[Black “Boris Spassky”]

[ECO “E11”]

[WhiteElo “?”]

[BlackElo “?”]

[PlyCount “56”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 Bxd2+ 5. Qxd2 d5 6. Nc3

O-O 7. e3 Qe7 8. Rc1 Rd8 9. Qc2 Nbd7 10. cxd5 exd5 11. Bd3 Nf8

12. Ne2 c6 13. O-O Ng6 14. Ng3 Re8 15. Qc5 Qd8 16. Nd2 Nh4

17. b4 a6 18. a4 Bd7 19. Rb1 Ng4 20. Qc2 g6 21. b5 axb5

22. axb5 h5 23. bxc6 bxc6 24. Rfe1 Qf6 25. Ndf1 Ra3 26. Re2 c5

27. dxc5 Ne5 28. Bb5 Qf3 0-1

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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